The short version of the tale Jamarcus Purley told to Latino Rebels is that after working as an assistant in the office of Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Capitol Hill for 5 years– he determined that she and the rest of her team weren’t doing enough for black people– and he let them find out about it no uncertain terms.
On Jan. 24, Purley informed the staff during a meeting– to name a few points– that Feinstein “cares more about her dog than black people.” the online outlet reported.
Then Things Take An Unusual Turn For Feinstein
Purley kept in mind to the outlet that a number of fellow staffers offered him peaceful assistance for his words, but on Feb. 8, Feinstein discharged him for efficiency issues.
With that, Purley uploaded his termination letter to Instagram as well as paid to advertise it, the electrical outlet claimed, including that Instagram pulled the promo after it got to 7,000 users since it was about “social issues, elections, or politics.”
After that he made one last stand.
Purley told the outlet he “ate some shrooms” and hatched out a plan: He informed Latino Rebels he ironed his fit and “walked to the Hill. I was standing in front of the Capitol. My heart is racing. I had a joint in my pocket. I’m talking to cops. It made no sense to anyone but me, on shrooms. I put on some trap music. I thought of my family. I looked at my sister — she’s my screensaver on my phone. She puts up with so much s**t as a black woman. I knew no one would ever know the s**t Feinstein does to black people if I didn’t make it impossible to ignore.”
And after that, after making it previous security and also into the Capitol facility, Purley did his finest to ensure individuals couldn’t look away.
“I get to the Senate, the building where I worked for five years. I still had the keys to my office,” he told the outlet. “I get in there. I get into the office, and I can’t breathe. I’m on shrooms in an office where white people touch my hair and do racist s**t.”
Purley added that he walked right into Feinstein’s workplace, which “triggered a screaming white noise sound. I had only been in her actual office like twice in five years, and I couldn’t figure out how to turn off the white noise sound. It was giving me so much anxiety because it sounded like when the cops show up. So then I was like, f*** it. I just gotta do something for 10 minutes, and I can finally leave. So I’d brought my Bose speaker. I used her bathroom, then I go sit at her desk. I turn on my speaker and start the music. I start smoking that joint, an afghani, a heavy indica, because I knew I needed to be calm. I thought about how special my mom and black women would feel seeing me dance to [DeBarge’s 1982 hit “I Like It”] in particular, in a space where they aren’t welcome at all. Then I started the video.”
Below’s the clip:
Purley’s background before gaining interest for his well-known video is quite mind-blowing too.
Hailing from Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Purley received his degree from Stanford, the outlet said, adding that throughout his senior year, he researched abroad at Oxford University in England.
He contributed to the outlet that he was refused admittance to the Oxford library because he didn’t look like a student.
Purley after that went to Harvard where he earned a master’s in education policy and management, in addition to high praise from faculty and fellow pupils, the electrical outlet said.
After that he looked for an entry-level job as a staff aide in Feinstein’s office and also had a memorable very first conference– for all the incorrect reasons: “The first time I met Sen. Feinstein, there were two black dudes in the meeting, and she called me the other black guy’s name … We look nothing alike. We are two different shades. He wears a beard.”
Purley contributed to the outlet that “multiple white coworkers in my office touched my hair without my permission,” repeating that “my coworkers touched my motherf***in’ hair.”
He added to the outlet that he was overlooked for promotion twice because his supervisors stated he didn’t create all right.
“I had gone to the chief of staff twice because I told them that the way they write alienates black people,” Purley told the outlet. “I mean, I studied English and African American studies — I know what the f*** I’m talking about. They said it’s not my role to tell us what or how to write. It’s my role to reflect the senator’s voice. They kept telling me I work at the pleasure of the senator.”
Then Purley’s father passed away of COVID in December 2020– and he was finally advertised from team assistant to legislative reporter, the outlet claimed. He would certainly work in that setting for the entirety of 2021.
“Working as a legislative correspondent, that’s when it hit me just how little resources black people in California have,” he told Latino Rebels. “The senator wouldn’t allow us to help people directly. People on the Hill are scared of losing their jobs. What made me fearless was this moment: my father was dead. Other black and brown families were losing their loved ones as well and Feinstein didn’t give a f***.”
On Jan. 17, 2022, he brought up to his concerns in a team meeting– and afterward did so once more the following week when he made the statement about Feinstein caring more about her dog than black people.
MSNBC interviewed Purley recently regarding what he experienced. The cable network reported that a representative from Feinstein’s office said they weren’t permitted to discuss personnel issues.